|System: X360, PS3, Wii, PS2, DS, PSP||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: EA Games||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: EA Games||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Oct. 30, 2007||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
However, with the initial period for you to complete the stages set very low, it hinders the search everything out aspect included. There are character specific items that you can find in each level, including Duff Beer bottle caps for Homer, Krusty Burger coupons for Bart, and coupons for Marge. Collecting all of these awards you with trophies at the end of each stage. There are also various other items you can find in the levels. My personal favorite is Comic Book Guy awarding you the title of Video Game Guy when you encounter or search out the cliché of video games, like No Swimming, Double Jumping, Invisible Barrier, and the wooden crate, "as seen in everything." With 31 videogame clichés to find, you'll be surprised with how much the industry reuses things over and over. Also, be on the lookout for mentions of Xbox 720, PlayStation 4, and parodies of some of our favorite characters.
Despite all of the great things The Simpsons Game does, it does have a few faults that need to be mentioned. The camera is probably the most annoying. Sometimes you have the ability to rotate the camera around to judge your situation, and then other times the camera is locked and then it is reliant on your best guess for how to move forward. Another issue with the camera is the spots where it will jerk back and forth behind objects refusing you the ability to see around certain things. This may be a small thing and easy to get used to, but it was still a huge annoyance. However, my biggest complaint involves the co-op gameplay. First off, there's no reason for this game to have a split screen. The split not only hinders the graphic appeal of the game, but it also narrows the total experience you have in the single player mode. The other reason the co-op doesn't work is because of the level designs. Some are specific for the characters, which means while one player is busy figuring out the puzzles of the level, the other player will either have nothing to do or square off against countless bad guys. It doesn't really work for a good two-player experience.
Simply put, this is the Simpsons Game fans have been waiting for. Even with its faults, I would dare say that no one will complain too much, mainly due to being doubled over from laughing so much. If you need an enjoyable game to pop in that makes you laugh to a degree worthy of the longest running animated television show in history, then this is for you. You'll be playing for hours exploring the world of Springfield and then, after a quick break, you'll want to dive right back in.
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